The exit polls have given a big boost to the Opposition YSR Congress. All exit polls, except one or two, have given big victory projections for YSR Congress and its chief Jaganmohan Reddy. The party is set for a big win with around 110 to 135 Assembly seats in 175-member Assembly and 20 to 23 Parliament seats out of 25. This had put the YSR Congress as the most-sought after in the political combinations for forming the next government.
Following this projection, senior Congress leader A K Antony and Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar have made telephone calls to Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday and sought his support for formation of a non-NDA government at the Centre. The Congress and the NCP of Sharad Pawar are busy in pooling up support for a non-NDA government at the Centre, either with the Congress heading it or with the Congress supporting it.
Sharad Pawar, one of the strong contenders for the Prime Minister post, along with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress chief Mamatha Benerji and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, is also trying his best to keep the non-NDA parties intact. Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu is holding talks with some parties, while Sharad Pawar is understood to have taken the responsibility to bring in some parties like the YSR Congress.
Even Chandrababu Naidu had indicated to the Congress leadership that he has no objections if they reach out to the YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh and the Telangana Rastra Samithi in Telangana, which are strongly opposed to the TDP. Chandrababu Naidu, who claims to be bringing the all opposition parties to a single platform along with the Congress and the Left. The Left parties have been keeping distance from the Congress and it is for the first time after five years, the Left is ready to back the Congress. The Left also don’t see Trinamool Congress chief Mamatha Benerji eye to eye but Chandrababu Naidu’s mediation is helping build unity here. This also now applies to the Congress and his TDP to have the TRS and the YSR Congress together in the alliance if required.
It is to be seen how far this new strategy works out for the Congress.